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  • New York Times Runs Easter Story Suggesting Resurrection Didn't Happen

    04/08/2015 2:44:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 8, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A few weeks ago, an Israeli geologist met with a reporter from the New York Times in the lobby of Jerusalem's King David Hotel. The geologist brought along evidence. Just before Easter, the Times came out with his story. The geologist, Aryeh Shimron, claims to have proof of a connection between a famous ossuary, or burial box for bones, and a tomb of in the environs of Jerusalem that, he believes, was the final resting place for Jesus of Nazareth, his wife and his family. If he were right, his theory would call into question the truth of the Resurrection. The Times...
  • Suggestion of a married Jesus - Ancient papyrus shows that some early Christians believed he wed

    09/18/2012 11:20:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 102 replies
    Harvard Gazette ^ | 09-18-2012 | Staff writer Alvin Powell contributed to this report.
    Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, Harvard Professor Karen King told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies today. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of the ancient text at the congress’ meeting, held every four years and hosted this year by the Vatican’s Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. The four words that appear on the fragment translate to “Jesus said to them, my wife.” The words, written in Coptic, a language of Egyptian Christians, are on a...
  • Five big questions about the 'Jesus' wife' papyrus

    09/20/2012 6:02:24 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 87 replies
    Houston Chronicale ^ | Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    In a surprise announcement that seemed scripted by novelist Dan Brown, a Harvard professor revealed an ancient scrap of papyrus on Tuesday that refers to Jesus' wife. The so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" presents a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples, said Karen King, a respected historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School.
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT · by rhema · 48 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 9/20/12 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really? What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus...
  • Jesus Family Tomb Believed Found

    02/25/2007 10:33:09 AM PST · by steadfastconservative · 51 replies · 1,542+ views
    Discover News ^ | Feb. 25, 2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    New scientific evidence, including DNA analysis conducted at one of the world's foremost molecular genetic laboratories, as well as studies by leading scholars, suggests a 2,000-year-old Jerusalem tomb could have once held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family. The findings also suggest that Jesus and Mary Magdalene might have produced a son named Jonah. The DNA findings, alongside statistical conclusions made about the artifacts--originally excavated in 1980--open a potentially signficant chapter in Biblical archaeological history. A documentary presenting the evidence, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," will premiere on the Discovery Channel on March 4 at 9 pm...
  • Christ 'Coffin' Empty (Review of “Lost Tomb of Jesus”: Al Capone’s vault has met it’s match)

    02/28/2007 7:58:26 AM PST · by dead · 46 replies · 2,882+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 28, 2007 | Adam Buckman
    AL Capone's vault has met its match. I'm no scientist, but after watching a bunch of people who are scientists sift through the dust and bones of a 2000-year-old family burial chamber in Jerusalem, I have to offer this unscientific conclusion: There ain't no way them bones belong to Jesus. Or, if they are his bones, they don't come anywhere near proving it in "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," the Discovery Channel documentary that is supposed to rock Christianity to its very foundations. Well, I have some good news for Christianity: Your foundations are safe. Why were they going to...
  • Jesus’ burial site found - film claims

    02/23/2007 5:50:36 AM PST · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 311 replies · 9,416+ views
    http://www.ynetnews.com ^ | 2/23/07 | Ariella Ringel-Hoffman
    The cave in which Jesus Christ was buried has been found in Jerusalem, claim the makers of a new documentary film. If it proves true, the discovery, which will be revealed at a press conference in New York Monday, could shake up the Christian world as one of the most significant archeological finds in history. The coffins which, according to the filmmakers held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene will be displayed for the first time on Monday in New York. Jointly produced by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and Oscar winning director...
  • Odds of 'Lost Tomb' Being Jesus' Family Rest on Assumptions

    03/10/2007 11:07:30 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 13 replies · 774+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 09, 2007 | Carl Bialik
    Odds of 'Lost Tomb' Being Jesus' Family Rest on Assumptions Until two weeks ago, University of Toronto statistician Andrey Feuerverger's body of research encompassed uncontroversial topics such as medical scanning and correcting for camera blurring. ... Prof. Feuerverger calculated there is just a one-in-600 chance that those same names would have come together in a family that didn't belong to Jesus of Nazareth. ... But the one-in-600 calculation is based on many assumptions about the prevalence of the names and their biblical significance. For purposes of his calculations, Prof. Feuerverger relied on new scholarly research that links the inscription "Mariamene...
  • If James Cameron Were Honest About His "Discovery" (Jesus's tomb)

    03/03/2007 8:25:37 PM PST · by do the dhue · 45 replies · 2,241+ views
    FNC ^ | 3/3/7 | Father Jonathan Morris
    This week “Titanic” director James Cameron and Canadian television director, Simcha Jacobovici stood proudly at the New York City library to announce the release of a new book and documentary called “The Tomb of Jesus.” They claim to have uncovered the remains of Jesus and his family, including Mary Magdalene, (Jesus’ supposed wife) and their child, Judah. If he were honest, this is what Mr. Cameron would have said to the press: “My dearest friends in the media, Thank you for being here. I must admit, I am pleasantly surprised so many of you have come. Our public relations company...
  • A Discovery That's Just Too Perfect [James brother of Jesus Ossuary is a hoax-my title]

    11/01/2002 10:45:35 AM PST · by Polycarp · 429 replies · 1,162+ views
    COMMENTARY A Discovery That's Just Too Perfect Claims that stone box held remains of Jesus' brother may be suspect. By Robert Eisenman Robert Eisenman is the author of "James the Brother of Jesus" (Penguin, 1998) and a professor of Middle East religions and archeology at Cal State Long Beach. October 29 2002 James, the brother of Jesus, was so well known and important as a Jerusalem religious leader, according to 1st century sources, that taking the brother relationship seriously was perhaps the best confirmation that there ever was a historical Jesus. Put another way, it was not whether Jesus had...
  • Tomb of the (Still) Unknown Ancients: More Jesus hype of the "Da Vinci Code" type.

    03/02/2007 7:39:39 AM PST · by maryz · 21 replies · 848+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | March 2, 2007 | Ben Witherington III
    Year after year in spring, a new crop of religious dandelions pop up in our post-Christian culture. Like the real ones growing in my yard, they make a colorful splash that briefly captures our attention, until we realize that they are only shallow-rooted weeds, not beautiful flowers planted long ago in the deep rich soil of the past, such as Easter lilies. Last year, it was the Gnostic nonsense of the "Da Vinci Code." We've had the "Gospel of Judas Iscariot," written centuries after the eyewitnesses were dead. This year it's a variation on the "Da Vinci" theme. We are...
  • Documentary Shows Possible Jesus Tomb (Did They Attack Islamic Belief, Too?

    02/26/2007 3:50:03 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 72 replies · 2,028+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2/26/07 | Karen Matthews
    Filmakers and researchers on Monday unveiled two ancient stone boxes they said may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but several scholars derided the claims made in a new documentary as unfounded... ...Stephen Pfann, a biblical scholar at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem who was interviewed in the documentary, said the film's hypotheses holds little weight... Pfann is even unsure that the name "Jesus" on the caskets was read correctly. He thinks it's more likely the name "Hanun." Ancient semitic script is notoriously difficult to decipher... William Dever, an expert on near eastern...
  • The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus (Married!)

    09/19/2012 6:49:40 PM PDT · by Renfield · 80 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 9-18-2012 | Ariel Sabar
    Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” The text also mentions “Mary,” arguably a reference to Mary Magdalene. The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world. The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a special documentary about the discovery on September 30 at 8 p.m. ET. And Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks, tracing King’s steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought...
  • CNN: Archaeologists Report 1st Direct Evidence of Jesus

    10/21/2002 9:04:51 AM PDT · by jern · 353 replies · 4,568+ views
    Oct. 21, 2002 | CNN
    BREAKING: Archaeologists Report 1st Direct Evidence of Jesus
  • The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus

    09/20/2012 5:34:56 AM PDT · by OldRanchHand · 40 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | September 20, 2012 | OldRanchHand
    Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” The text also mentions “Mary,” arguably a reference to Mary Magdalene. The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world. The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a special documentary about the discovery on September 30 at 8 p.m. ET. And Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks, tracing King’s steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought...
  • A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife

    09/18/2012 2:35:59 PM PDT · by Altariel · 84 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 18, 2012 | Laurie Goodstein
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ” The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.” The...
  • The "Jesus Family Tomb” story: Old News, No News

    Every Easter season the anti-Jesus crowd comes out of the woodwork creating some "controversy" about Jesus. This latest one, like many, is years old and was dusted off for the latest round of baseless attacks on Jesus' historicity. Historian Paul L. Maier explains further: Thanks for the profusion of e-mails I’ve received over the last two days regarding the Talpiot tombs discovery in Jerusalem, a.k.a., “the Jesus Family Tomb” story. Some of you also suggested that “life seemed to be following art” so far as my A Skeleton in God’s Closet was concerned. Believe me, this is not the way...
  • Jesus: Tales from the Crypt

    02/24/2007 2:25:18 PM PST · by Havok · 21 replies · 1,145+ views
    Time ^ | February 23, 2007 6:55 | Tim McGirk
    Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity. In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone of Christian faith-- and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. No, it's not a re-make of "The Da Vinci Codes'. It's supposed to be true. Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building...
  • Ancient Box Supposedly Containing the Remains of Jesus' Brother Set for Public Display

    01/01/2014 3:47:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 195 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/01/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A 2,000-year-old burial box believed by some to contain the remains of James, the brother of Jesus Christ, is set to go on public display in Israel, after its owner was cleared of forgery. Oded Golan, the Israeli antiquities collector who owns the limestone burial box, insists that "this is the oldest evidence that mentions the name of Jesus Christ," according to a report in The Guardian. "There is no doubt that it's ancient, and the probability is that it belonged to the brother of Jesus Christ," he added. Golan was cleared by the Israeli Supreme Court of having forged...
  • The Wife of Jesus Tale (Evidence Points to Forgery of "Jesus' Wife" Fragment)

    04/28/2014 12:04:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/5/2014 | Charlotte Allen
    ....Two weeks ago, on April 10, in a manner reminiscent of King’s carefully controlled original unveiling of the fragment, the Harvard Divinity School issued a press release declaring that a “wide range of scientific testing indicates that a papyrus fragment containing the words ‘Jesus said to them my wife’ is an ancient document” and that “its contents may have been composed as early as the second to fourth centuries.” Harvard had given an advance viewing of the test results and an interview with King to reporters for just three newspapers—the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Harvard student...
  • Jesus: Tales From The Crypt

    02/24/2007 1:36:08 PM PST · by Roberts · 34 replies · 1,196+ views
    time-blog.com ^ | 2/23/07 | Tim McGirk
    Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity. In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone of Christian faith--and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. No, it's not a re-make of "The Da Vinci Codes'. It's supposed to be true. Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in...
  • 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' likely isn't a modern forgery, scientists claim

    04/10/2014 9:44:11 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 49 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 10, 2014 | Amar Toor
    A controversial document that suggests that Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient and not a modern forgery, according to a paper published today in the Harvard Theological Review. The papyrus fragment, known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," has been the subject of widespread debate since it was discovered in 2012 because it includes the phrase "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'." It also mentions that "she will be able to be my disciple," which led some to question whether women should be allowed to become Catholic priests. The Vatican has previously said that the document...
  • ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ Fragment Is a Fake, Vatican Says

    09/28/2012 8:38:33 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    NYTimes ^ | September 28, 2012
    ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ Fragment Is a Fake, Vatican Says September 28, 2012 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - An ancient papyrus fragment which a Harvard scholar says contains the first recorded mention that Jesus may have had a wife is a fake, the Vatican said on Friday. "Substantial reasons would lead one to conclude that the papyrus is indeed a clumsy forgery," the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said in an editorial by its editor, Gian Maria Vian. "In any case, it's a fake." Joining a highly charged academic debate over the authenticity of the text, written in ancient Egyptian Coptic, the...
  • A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife (Written in Coptic in the fourth century)

    09/18/2012 5:05:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/18/2012 | Laurie Goodstein
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ” The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.” The...
  • Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

    04/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 82 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 4/10/2014 | Laurie Goodstein
    A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery. Skepticism about the tiny scrap of papyrus has been fierce because it contained a phrase never before seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife...’ ” Too convenient for some, it also contained the words “she will be able to be my disciple,”...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    http://www.albertmohler.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really?What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus Had...
  • Is There New Evidence That Jesus Had a Wife?

    04/14/2014 9:05:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 213 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/14/2014 | Michael Brown
    The internet has been abuzz with intriguing headlines announcing that scholars have determined that the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” papyrus is “authentic” and that there is “no forgery evidence” in the manuscript. What exactly does this mean? And should Christians be concerned that a new discovery might contradict the biblical account and undermine their faith? Actually, the report from scholars working with the Harvard Divinity School found that the manuscript is much younger than previously thought – in other words, it is even further removed from the time of the New Testament than scholars originally believed – meaning that,...
  • The "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" Is Most Likely Not a Modern Fake

    04/11/2014 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Renfield · 87 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 4-10-2014 | Colin Schultz
    In 2012, Harvard researcher Karen King revealed the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife." A small piece of papyrus, the lightly worn document was written in Coptic Egyptian, with parts missing and ink faded, and didn't say much. But what it did say, wrote Ariel Sabar in Smithsonian Magazine two years ago was enough to “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship—and beyond.” The fragment’s 33 words, scattered across 14 incomplete lines, leave a good deal to interpretation. But in King’s analysis, and as she argues in a forthcoming article in the Harvard Theological Review, the “wife” Jesus refers to is probably Mary Magdalene, and Jesus...
  • Two cleared of faking Jesus-era box

    03/15/2012 3:52:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Seven years of trial, evidence from dozens of experts and a 475-page verdict has come no nearer to discovering whether the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James is authentic or a fake. A Jerusalem judge, citing reasonable doubt, acquitted Israeli collector Oded Golan, who was charged with forging the inscription on the box once hailed as the first physical link to Christ.
  • The Forgery Trial of the Century Ends

    03/15/2012 12:04:58 PM PDT · by STD · 4 replies
    Bib Arch ^ | • 03/15/2012 | Hershel Shanks
    Oded Golan Speaks Out on Forgery Trial Verdict Asserts purchasers of looted antiquities preserve valuable information Hershel Shanks • 03/15/2012 After being acquitted of all forgery charges, Oded Golan responded by noting the important role that licensed collectors play by keeping artifacts documented and in Israel.
  • Date Set for James Ossuary Verdict

    03/05/2012 10:19:32 AM PST · by STD · 9 replies
    Biblical Archaeology ^ | 03/05/2012 | Biblical Archaeology Society Staff
    Date Set for James Ossuary Verdict Biblical Archaeology Society Staff • 03/05/2012 The James Ossuary verdict will be announced on Wednesday, March 14th. As events unfold, check in with Bible History Daily for exclusive reporting and commentary.
  • The Jesus Dynasty

    04/08/2006 12:42:35 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies · 2,846+ views
    ABC News Home ^ | 4/7/2006 | Excerpt from JAmes D. Tabor book
    The Jesus Dynasty Excerpt: 'The Jesus Dynasty' by James D. Tabor New Book Challenges Christian Philosophy April 7, 2006 -- James Tabor is the chairman of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His book challenges many of the beliefs that Christians hold dear, maintaining that Jesus is neither the son of God nor the son of Joseph but most likely the child of a Roman soldier named Pantera. Jesus, Tabor maintains, became the head of the household when Joseph died and looked after his six half-brothers and sisters. When Jesus died, his brother James took over...
  • James Cameron Tries to Kill Jesus

    02/25/2007 4:41:22 AM PST · by Flavius · 44 replies · 4,298+ views
    laist ^ | 2/24/07 | na
    r at least he's trying to kill the story of Jesus' resurrection. An upcoming 90-minute documentary directed by Jewish Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and produced by Titanic director James Cameron makes the startling assertion that Jesus was never resurrected -- a cornerstone of Christian faith -- and that his burial cave was discovered in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiyot some 27 years ago. One more thing, Jesus fathered a son with Mary Magdelene. Cameron and Jacobovici claim they have DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies on their side. And on Monday, Cameron will hold a press conference in...
  • Scholars, clergy slam Jesus documentary

    02/26/2007 7:39:12 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 50 replies · 2,723+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/26/07
    Scholars, clergy slam Jesus documentary By MARSHALL THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer 35 minutes ago JERUSALEM - Archaeologists and clergymen in the Holy Land derided claims in a new documentary produced by the Oscar-winning director James Cameron that contradict major Christian tenets. "The Lost Tomb of Christ," which the Discovery Channel will run on March 4, argues that 10 ancient ossuaries — small caskets used to store bones — discovered in a suburb of Jerusalem in 1980 may have contained the bones of Jesus and his family, according to a press release issued by the Discovery Channel. One of the caskets...
  • The Lost Tomb of Jesus: The Review (w/Ted Koppel)

    03/04/2007 8:37:23 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 43 replies · 1,863+ views
    3/4/07 | Reaganesque
    The Lost Tomb of Jesus on the Discovery Channel was followed up by a panel discussion moderated by Ted Koppel. Koppel and two professors who are not affiliated with the documentary totally eviscerated the director of the film and one of his consultants. Koppel seemed particularly offended by the film maker's claims of being a journalist. If you get the chance to see this review of the documentary, watch it. It is very funny.
  • Scorn poured on Director's 'Coffin of Christ' theory (James Cameron-Archeologists/Scholars Dispute)

    02/26/2007 2:03:46 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 78 replies · 1,842+ views
    Evening Standard ^ | 02/25/2007
    Scorn poured on James Cameron's 'coffin of Christ' theory Archaeologists and biblical scholars have poured scorn on a Hollywood film director's sensational claim that he has discovered the coffin of Jesus Christ. Oscar-winning 'Titanic' director James Cameron's assertion that the bones of Jesus and his family were hidden for centuries in a Jerusalem tomb caused an outcry in the Holy Land. Even a British archeologist who worked with Cameron, Dr. Shimon Gibson, admitted he's "sceptical" about the claims that challenge some of the central tenets of Christianity. The very fact that Jesus had a grave would contradict the Christian belief...
  • The Lost Tomb of Jesus: A Response to the Discovery-Channel Documentary Directed by James Cameron

    03/03/2007 1:50:03 PM PST · by DaveTesla · 25 replies · 1,293+ views
    Dr. Gary R. Habermas ^ | Dr. Gary R. Habermas
    Jesus Burial Tomb? Recently, questions have been raised regarding the historicity of the death and resurrection of Jesus. These issues emerged from the directorial genius of James Cameron and is entitled, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus." This new Hollywood-quality documentary is set to air March 4th, 2007 on the Discovery Channel. However, this documentary is poorly supported by the historical and scientific data, regardless of how well the film has been made. Good TV, Bad History & Science "[The Lost Tomb of Jesus] will make good TV but involves a bad critical reading of history. Basically, this is old news...
  • Archaeologists, Scholars Dispute Jesus Documentary

    02/26/2007 3:05:33 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 680+ views
    CNN ^ | 2-26-2007
    Archaeologists, scholars dispute Jesus documentary POSTED: 2151 GMT (0551 HKT), February 26, 2007Filmakers and researchers claim these stone boxes may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. JERUSALEM (AP) -- Filmmakers and researchers on Monday unveiled two ancient stone boxes they said may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but several scholars derided the claims made in a new documentary as unfounded and contradictory to basic Christian beliefs. "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," produced by Oscar-winning director James Cameron and scheduled to air March 4 on the Discovery Channel, argues that 10 small...
  • Scholar: 'Jesus Tomb' Makers Mistaken (Ossuary's inscription does not say Mary Magdalene)

    03/14/2007 7:50:29 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 39 replies · 2,054+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | March 13, 2007 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    A scholar looking into the factual basis of a popular but widely criticized documentary that claims to have located the tomb of Jesus said Tuesday that a crucial piece of evidence filmmakers used to support their claim is a mistake. Stephen Pfann, a textual scholar and paleographer at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, said he has released a paper claiming the makers of "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" were mistaken when they identified an ancient ossuary from the cave as belonging to the New Testament's Mary Magdalene. The film's director, Simcha Jacobovici, responded that other researchers agreed...
  • Jesus 'Tomb' Controversy Reopened

    01/17/2008 4:18:50 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 55+ views
    Time - CNN ^ | 1-16-2008 | TIM MCGIRK
    Jesus 'Tomb' Controversy Reopened Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 By TIM MCGIRK/JERUSALEMThe Talpiot tomb. Discovery / EPA When the Discovery Channel aired a TV documentary last year raising the possibility that archeologists had found the family tomb of Jesus Christ in the hills behind Jerusalem, it caused a huge backlash among Christians. The claim, after all, challenged one of the cornerstones of Christian faith — that Jesus, after his crucifixion, rose bodily to heaven in his physical form. The Lost Tomb of Jesus, made by Hollywood director James Cameron and Canadian investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici, was shown only once on Discovery....
  • Jesus Tomb Film Scholars Backtrack (Discovery's "Lost Tomb of Jesus")

    04/11/2007 8:56:08 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 89 replies · 2,132+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/11/07 | Etgar Lefkovits
    Several prominent scholars who were interviewed in a bitterly contested documentary that suggests that Jesus and his family members were buried in a nondescript ancient Jerusalem burial cave have now revised their conclusions, including the statistician who claimed that the odds were 600:1 in favor of the tomb being the family burial cave of Jesus of Nazareth, a new study on the fallout from the popular documentary shows. The dramatic clarifications, compiled by epigrapher Stephen Pfann of the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem in a paper titled "Cracks in the Foundation: How the Lost Tomb of Jesus story...
  • Israel may open 'Jesus tomb' to public

    02/27/2007 5:53:46 AM PST · by NYer · 57 replies · 1,269+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 27, 2007 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS AND DAVID HOROVITZ
    Israeli authorities say they are prepared to consider opening to the public a 2,000-year-old burial tomb in Jerusalem's East Talpiot neighborhood which is said by the makers of a new documentary to have likely been the final resting place of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother, partner Mary Magdalene, son, and other members of his family. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), responsible for the tomb - which was first uncovered during construction of the neighborhood in 1980 - said it would be up to the Jerusalem Municipality to make such a decision. And municipality spokesman Gidi Schmerling told The Jerusalem Post...
  • Cameron defends Jesus tomb documentary

    02/26/2007 8:41:03 AM PST · by Clive · 114 replies · 2,949+ views
    CTV News ^ | 2007-02-26 | (staff)
    Oscar-winning director James Cameron defended on Monday his controversial new documentary, which claims that Jesus may have been buried with a wife and son, against charges the film was trying to undermine Christianity. Instead, the documentary that claims the discovery of the tomb of Jesus Christ and his family celebrates their existence, Cameron said at a press conference announcing the documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus." The message that Jesus delivered 2,000 years ago resounds even today, Cameron said. "My feeling is that his message of compassion, humility, love and forgiveness is every bit as much needed now in this...
  • I've found the coffin of Jesus, says film director

    02/26/2007 12:47:38 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 78 replies · 2,291+ views
    This Is London ^ | 25.02.07 | Staff
    The Lost Tomb of Jesus, made for the Discovery Channel, will be shown in the U.S. this week and later in Britain by Channel 4. Today, Cameron is holding a press conference on what he describes as 'one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time'. Crucially, he is not denying the resurrection - as there were no bones in the caskets. But the Ł2million film still strikes at the foundation of Christianity in the same manner as the novel The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, in claiming that Jesus married and had a family. His theory, which has...
  • The Lost Tomb of Jesus

    03/06/2007 1:17:24 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 5 replies · 302+ views
    We saw the documentary yesterday thanks to an advance copy from The Discovery Channel, and our Amy has read the book released in conjunction. We've seen all their evidence. Simcha Jacobivici, the documentarian, has been saying in interviews that they’re just connecting the dots. I’d say it’s more like first arranging the dots to get a certain picture and then connecting them. Their reasons for arranging the dots in their particular order is full of speculation at each step. They tell a coherent and affecting story to account for the information, but there’s no rationale for why that story is...
  • Unintentionally HILARIOUS Quote By Larry King About "The Lost Tomb Of Jesus"

    02/27/2007 4:56:55 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 49 replies · 1,852+ views
    Larry King Show ^ | February 26, 2007 | Larry King
    "Simcha, if what you're purporting here is true, not as a pun, is this the end of the Easter Bunny?"
  • Jesus Tomb Case Closed for Most Scholars (It's NOT His Tomb).

    01/30/2008 4:52:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 261+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Jan. 24,2008 | Katherine T. Phan
    A group of scholars posted a statement rejecting the identification of the Talpiot tomb as belonging to Jesus, a week after a conference in Jerusalem revisited evidence on claims presented in the controversial film "Lost Tomb of Jesus." In a statement posted Monday on the Duke University Religion Department's blog site, key figures in the discovery of the 1980 Talpoit tomb and other experts who attended the conference agreed that most scholars in attendance rejected the claims that the tomb belonged to the author of Christianity, despite the consensus being represented by the media as otherwise. "We wish to protest...
  • Jesus' tomb story denies the Resurrection

    05/03/2007 8:21:02 AM PDT · by Clive · 32 replies · 1,180+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2007-05-03 | Father Thomas Rosica
    During the initial weeks of Lent 2007 in early March I avoided commenting on the sensational story of the alleged discovery of the tomb of Jesus in a Jerusalem neighbourhood. While it is true that tombs were found in Jerusalem's Talpiot section and the names of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and Matthew seem to have been engraved on the tombs, few people spoke of how common such names were during the first century. The media hype, though short lived, certainly put the theme of the resurrection front and centre of our Lenten and Easter journeys this year. James Cameron's documentary The...
  • The Lost Tomb Of Christ–Believable or Baloney?

    02/26/2007 3:11:23 PM PST · by Billy Jacks blog · 50 replies · 1,608+ views
    Yahoo News & Associated Press ^ | February 26, 2007 | Marshall Thompson
    JERUSALEM - Archaeologists and clergymen in the Holy Land derided claims in a new documentary produced by the Oscar-winning director James Cameron that contradict major Christian tenets. "The Lost Tomb of Christ," which the Discovery Channel will run on March 4, argues that 10 ancient ossuaries — small caskets used to store bones — discovered in a suburb of Jerusalem in 1980 may have contained the bones of Jesus and his family, according to a press release issued by the Discovery Channel.
  • Discovery Channel puts off Jesus documentary telecast [in India]

    03/02/2007 10:21:28 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 373+ views
    India eNews ^ | March 02, 2007
    Roman Catholics in the metropolis Friday called off their protest against the proposed screening of a controversial documentary on Jesus Christ after broadcaster Discovery Channel decided not to telecast the programme in India. The Catholics in the city had earlier sprung into action against the worldwide premiere 'The Lost Tomb of Jesus' that claims to show the burial place of Jesus challenging the basic tenets the Christian faith. 'The Lost Tomb of Jesus' is a feature documentary, directed by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and produced by Oscar-winning director James Cameron of the 'Titanic' fame, Flex Golubev and Ric...